Saturday, January 15, 2011

P. S. I Love You

"P.S. I Love You" is primarily a McCartney composition, with some help provided by Lennon. The song, written in Hamburg in 1962, was recorded on September 11, 1962 at Abbey Road Studios. One of the many interesting Beatles facts is that the song was recorded a week earlier with Ringo on drums, but George Martin did not care for the take.

In the UK, it was released as the B side to "Love Me Do" on October 5, 1962. In the U.S., it was released as a single on Tollie Records in 1964 and went to number 10. Vee Jay released it a few months later, but it failed to chart.

George Martin has been quoted often as saying that he did not feel either "P.S. I Love You" or "Love Me Do" were very remarkable. Martin, of course, is also quoted as saying that he was fascinated by their personalities when the Beatles first auditioned this material.

McCartney played bass and sang lead vocal; Lennon played acoustic guitar and sang harmony on certain verses (his voice entering at times on single phrases to punctuate McCartney's lyrics); Harrison played lead (an electrified Gibson J-160E); and Andy White played drums.

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